Singapore – It’s time to dust off your bags as Thailand opens up to fully vaccinated tourists from select countries starting Monday (November 1).
Thailand has long been a favorite destination for Singaporean travelers.
In a recent ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute survey, Japan was listed as the number one choice to travel not only for Singaporeans but also for South East Asians in general.
But among the ASEAN countries, Thailand took the pole position among Singaporeans.
Singaporeans love Thailand so much that in 2017 the country marked the first time that one million visitors from Singapore arrived in the country, not only in Bangkok but in many other parts of the country.
Better yet, at least for those with limited days off, travel to Thailand will be quarantine-free for people arriving from Singapore, Germany, Japan and a few other countries – provided they show COVID tests. -19 negative and be retested when they arrive in Thailand.
They are also required to book a night at a designated hotel while awaiting their test results.
Thailand is going digital in guest tracking, with Kittipong Kittikachorn, Managing Director of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, saying Reuters, “All passengers will have their QR code verified by the Department of Disease Control. It will include all the details about insurance, vaccination certificate or hotel reservation. “
Mr. Kittipong noted that there had already been an increase in flight bookings.
However, around 10,000 new cases of Covid-19 are still reported daily, and travelers should be aware of the risks involved in entering the country.
Thailand has recorded more than 1.8 million infections as well as 18,922 Covid-related deaths, although like in other Asian countries, the number of new infections in Thailand has been steadily declining.
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In 2018, Kajorndet Apichartrakul, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand for Singapore and the Philippines, said he met many Singaporeans who “see Thailand as their second home”.
“I think Singaporeans love the familiarity with the sights, sounds and smells of Thailand,” he added.
An article in Weekly Asia Travel said popular places in Thailand that Singaporeans like to visit are the northeastern region of Khao Yai, and Kanchanaburi and Hua Hin in the central region.
And after young Thai footballers were dramatically rescued from being trapped in a cave in 2018, visitors also started flocking to Chiang Rai.
By the way, Mr. Kajorndet said Weekly Asia Travel Singaporeans stay on average 5.47 days and spend an average of 35,652 THB (S $ 1,446.10) per trip. / TISG
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